Scripture Verse

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Luke 2:8–9


Words: From Folk Songs of the Am­eri­can Ne­gro, by John W. Work, Jr. (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: 1907).

Music: Af­ri­can-Am­eri­can spir­it­ual (🔊 pdf nwc).

John W. Work, Jr. (1873–1925)



Go, tell it on the mount­ain,
Over the hills and ev­ery­where
Go, tell it on the mount­ain,
That Je­sus Christ is born.

While shep­herds kept their watch­ing
O’er si­lent flocks by night
Behold through­out the hea­vens
There shone a ho­ly light.


The shep­herds feared and trem­bled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the an­gel chor­us
That hailed the Sav­ior’s birth.


Down in a low­ly man­ger
The hum­ble Christ was born
And God sent us sal­va­tion
That bless­èd Christ­mas morn.